Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
A pulsating triumph for a certain kind of audience. I was mostly just thrilled to see Indonesia produce such a world-beating slice of action cinema, the language certainly translates marvelously to the genre. I've seen a lot of the dire efforts which constitute modern, mainstream, home-grown cinema, so The Raid was truly refreshing. The Raid is intelligently ambitious, clearly having a knack for appealing generic tropes of the genre, as well as going for a combination that feels like Dredd meets REC via Ong-Bak, with a distant relation to Elite Squad. The casting, constantly moving direction, amount of jawdropping stuntwork, larky set-pieces and astutely introduced score all helps provide a fully satisfying piece of genre cinema. I've previously done some…
If you are looking for a great action movie, this fits the bill nicely. The sequel is even better.
First off, I had the unfortunate experience of watching this dubbed in English (not my choice; it was the only way to watch it) by some of the worst voice actors I've ever heard.
Luckily, though, The Raid's allure comes from its incredible fight sequences and absolutely brutal narrative that never lets up. There's also a really interesting disparity in the editing styles between the action and the lulls - the action is, of course, very rapidly edited, but the lulls throughout (there aren't many) often have long cuts and more interesting camera movement to them. It blended really well.
Maybe to violent for some, The Raid has great fighting scenes and is probably one of the best action movies of 2011
Viewed at the Belvedere Screening Room.
Viewed in the 605 Screening Room.
Prett-ay, prett-ay, pretty good.
Bonkers action film with the most insane fight choreography. Don't mess with Indonesia.
AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…